TORONTO - The Canadiens close out their three-game road trip with their 10th matchup of the year against the Maple Leafs on Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena.
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Here's everything you need to know heading into the game:
Dominique Ducharme's squad suffered its second consecutive defeat on Thursday night in Toronto, falling 5-2 to the Maple Leafs. Sheldon Keefe's contingent scored four goals in the first period to chase goaltender Cayden Primeau from the net. The Farmington Hills, MI native allowed four goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Jake Allen. Rookie Cole Caufield and left-winger Artturi Lehkonen scored for Montreal. Allen finished the game with 19 saves on 20 shots.
Caufield continues to impress: The 20-year-old American's tally on Thursday night was his third in seven career NHL games. It was also his first goal at even-strength since his previous two markers were scored in overtime. Before joining the Canadiens, Caufield scored 18 of his 28 goals this season for the NCAA's Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten) at even-strength.
Exceeding expectations: Veteran Corey Perry's key contributions this season have been undeniable. Along with serving as a mentor for the Habs' youngsters, the 35-year-old right-winger has put up his fair share of points. The Peterborough, ON native assisted on Caufield's goal in the second period to match his total from last year in 11 fewer games. Perry has 21 points (9 goals, 12 assists) in 46 games this year.
The streak continues: Nick Suzuki's seven-game point streak was snapped on Thursday night, but Tyler Toffoli extended his point streak with an assist on Lehkonen's goal in the final frame. The Scarborough, ON native has registered his name on the scoresheet in five consecutive contests. He has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) during that stretch. Toffoli leads the Canadiens with 43 points (28 goals, 15 assists). The 29-year-old right-winger boasts six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in nine games against Toronto this year.
At the other end
The Maple Leafs exploded out of the gates on Thursday night with four goals in the opening 20 minutes courtesy of Alex Galchenyuk, John Tavares, Pierre Engvall and Mitch Marner. With 4:19 remaining in regulation, centreman Auston Matthews scored his 40th goal of the season. The San Ramon, CA native became the first player in the NHL to reach that impressive plateau this season. Matthews accomplished the feat in just 49 games. It's the third time in his career that he hit the 40-goal plateau. For his part, goaltender Jack Campbell made 19 saves to collect his 16th win of the season.
A special goal: Galchenyuk's tally 16 seconds after the opening faceoff was likely one he'd been anticipating for quite a while. It was his first career goal against the Canadiens, and it came in his 11th matchup versus his former team. The 27-year-old left-winger had just one assist versus Montreal before solving Primeau. Galchenyuk has 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) in 31 games with Toronto this season.
Hot streak: Right-winger William Nylander assisted on Galchenyuk's goal to extend his point streak to six games. The 25-year-old Swede has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) during that stretch. Nylander reached the 40-point plateau in the process for the fourth time in his career. The former eighth-overall selection of the Maple Leafs in 2014 has six points (3 goals, 3 assists) against the Canadiens this season.
Veteran presence: Left-winger Joe Thornton picked up an assist on Marner's 19th goal of the season to extend his point streak to seven games. He has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) during that span. Thornton tied Jaromir Jagr for the third-longest point streak by a player aged 41 or older. Forwards Teemu Selanne (9 games) and Igor Larionov (8 games) are the only two players ahead of them. Thornton has 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists) in 41 games for Toronto this season.
Here are a few key stats from the nine previous meetings between Montreal and Toronto this season:
|MONTREAL || ||TORONTO |
|3-5-1 ||Record ||6-2-1 |
|23 ||Goals ||31 |
|261 ||Shots on goal ||257 |
|21.05% ||PP% ||24% |
|76% ||PK% ||78.95% |
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.